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Moving Forward for Clean Water for All Americans

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Marc Yaggi

We congratulate President Barack Obama on his re-election. We are ready to move forward with him and the new Congress to ensure cleaner, safer water for all Americans.

Forty years ago, Congress, inspired by strong Presidential leadership, enacted the Clean Water Act (CWA) in response to a growing environmental crisis. One of the CWA's goals was to "restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity" of our nation’s waterways and to make the nation's waters safe for fishing and swimming, eliminate harmful discharges of pollution and protect the nation's wetlands. The CWA's success is largely because it empowers ordinary citizens to enforce the CWA's provisions, giving us all a chance for cleaner water.  

In the next four years, we urge President Obama to lead in Washington and authorize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require closed-cycle cooling for power plants, develop objective standards for stormwater runoff and require industrial factory farms to comply with the CWA. We hope the White House drops the illusion of “clean coal,” stops mountaintop mining, limits coal ash pollution and ends subsidies to dirty energy companies.

Waterkeeper Alliance congratulates President Obama on his election victory and looks forward to working together for cleaner, safer water for every American.

Visit EcoWatch’s CLEAN WATER ACT page for more related news on this topic.

 

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